The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0018 Tuesday, 9 January 2007
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Subject: What's in a Name?
I have a volunteer to be Guest Moderator of the first SHAKSPER
Roundtable/Forum. In a short time, I will announce his name, the topic,
the reading list, and the guidelines for how the Forum/Roundtable will
be conducted. I find this prospect very exciting, and I hope the members
of the list will too.
In the interim, I am soliciting opinions about what to call this new
feature so as to distinguish it from the ordinary discussions that take
place on this listserv. I began by calling my idea Roundtable
discussions, but I am wondering if Forum or some other designation might
be more appropriate.
What I am asking for now are recommendations for what to call these
special discussions. If you have an idea, please send it to me. I will
consider responses as private mail to me, study them, and in
consultation with the SHAKSPER Advisory Board decide on a designation.
At this time, I foresee these special discussions as operating in this
After a Guest Moderator (GM) has been selected, the GM will come up with
a FOCUSED TOPIC of current academic interest to the discipline of
Shakespeare or Early Modern Studies.
The Guest Moderator will be responsible for initiating, moderating,
directing, and concluding the discussions.
The GM will determine a READING LIST of three to five items that will be
announced at least two weeks before discussion begins. Anyone
participating will be expected to be thoroughly familiar with these
Two weeks after TOPIC and the READING LIST are announced, the Guest
Moderator will initiate the discussion with a question or a statement or
however the GM might wish to start things going. Members who wish to
participate will send responses that are clearly identified as belonging
to the Forum/Roundtable discussion to me. I will forward those to GM,
who will organize and comment on the week's submissions before
suggesting the direction that discussions might take the following week.
The GM will send this back to me on Sunday and I will format it for
distribution on Tuesday. I will be taking care of ALL technical matters.
The discussions will continue until the Guest Moderator determines that
the thread has run its course. The GM will then announce a last call and
the next week's digest will be the last in that series. It will either
include the Guest Moderator's summary statement in it or the GM's
summary statement will be distributed at a later date.
All digests in the special Roundtable/Forum discussion will then be
grouped together on its own page on the SHAKSPER website for public review.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor/Moderator of SHAKSPER
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
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